FAQ: UAlbany Men's Baskeball and Duke University

July 2016

Why is UAlbany not playing Duke University in the men's basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament?

The Governor of New York has banned all non-essential state travel to North Carolina, in opposition to that state's House Bill 2 law, which requires that transgender people use public bathrooms corresponding to their birth gender. Duke University is in Durham, NC.

As a state entity and part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, the University at Albany supports the governor's position. As SUNY recently said in a statement:

"The State University of New York supports Governor Cuomo's executive order banning all non-essential travel to the state of North Carolina, and we instructed our campuses to immediately review any existing travel plans by faculty and staff. SUNY and its campuses continue to support the Governor on taking this stand."

Does UAlbany lose a game?

No. In lieu of playing Duke University, the University at Albany has been scheduled to play Penn State University as part of the Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 11, 2016.

Penn State is a participant in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament, along with UAlbany, Duke University, and five other NCAA Division I basketball programs.

Will there be any loss of revenue for UAlbany?

No. The program's revenues remain the same regardless of which teams they play in the tournament.